Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Baden give to the biologist that allowed him to give a time of death for the 55 year old woman of at least a year and a half?

2. What is algor mortis?

3. What was the end result of Baden's case?

4. Why does Baden challenge the autopsy finding of the Lindberg baby?

5. What is rigor mortis?

Short Essay Questions

1. Many cases are mentioned in Chapter Four that others point to as proof that Baden made poor judgments while acting as ME. What is his defense, in general, for the accusations?

2. Describe why Baden believes the dead woman at the fund raiser and the dead baby in the impoverished apartment represent the inequalities of life.

3. Explain what Baden notes occurs by the French Revolution as a way to bring bodies to medical schools for science.

4. Discuss the symptoms of strychnine.

5. Explain why Baden chose forensic medicine as his profession.

6. Explain how the body of the mafioso was identified.

7. Explain why Baden believes coroners are often in trouble as a result of their positions.

8. Explain why Baden believes people go into particular medical professions.

9. What does Baden note in Chapter One is the price of fame when a celebrity dies, and why?

10. Describe the People vs. Levine case. What was the case, and why did Baden fail to do as he was asked by the DA?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the mistakes that led to the original conviction of Claus von Bulow. From what did the EMTs who delivered Sunny, his wife, believe she was suffering ? What caused the hospital staff to disagree? What mistake did they make as a result? Following their assumptions, what mistakes did the lab make in testing Sunny's samples? Why did this lead to false information? What assumptions were made about the insulin needle? What turned out to be the truth? What does this say about the importance of proper procedures in this position?

Essay Topic 2

Baden discusses the use of forensic medicine to help humanity. After reading the book, how do you think forensic medicine can help humanity beyond locating a cause of death? Do you think this role is important? Why? What does the role of an ME have on criminal trials and other investigations? Is this important? When combined with the knowledge that public opinion can overpower science, is the role of a medical examiner more or less important? Why? Be sure to use concepts from the book to explain your answers.

Essay Topic 3

In the Mary Beth Tinning case, nine children died before someone thought to question the parents of the children. MEs, hospital staff, neighbors, friends, social services, and others all had the same information, but refused to question the situation.

Part 1.) Explain the circumstances that allowed this tragedy to unfold.

Part 2.) Discuss the SIDS diagnosis, in terms of why it is seldom questioned.

Part 3.) Write a brief opinion statement, noting whether you believe the system is partially responsible for these deaths, and why.

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